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Be a Part of Something BIG

Your donation positively impacts a child’s life, and it makes you a part of something BIG.

Make a One Time Gift

Your gift will help recruit Big Brothers and Big Sisters, cover background safety checks, and provide ongoing Match support.

Become a Match Maker

The cost of matching and maintaining the relationship of a volunteer Big and their Little Brother or Little Sister is approximately $1,200 per year. Contributing the full amount online or by mail, or with monthly payments of $100 automatically deducted from your debit or credit card – qualifies you to be a Match Maker for a young boy or young girl.

As an Arizona resident, you can give up to $400 as a single person or up to $800 for a married couple claiming the Arizona Charitable Tax Credit. Consider becoming a Match Maker and make a BIG difference in the life of a Little!

Give the Gift of Securities

Gifts of securities to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tucson (BBBST) can be accepted in one of two ways:

  1. The donor may place the securities with a broker or other agent to be held for the account of BBBST, with a request that we be notified by contacting Michael Blimes, Director of Philanthropy at (520) 624-2447 ext. 105 or michael@tucsonbigs.org. BBBST will instruct the broker or other agent on the disposition of such securities. Or, the donor may instruct his/her broker to transfer securities directly to our brokerage account with proceeds to be distributed to BBBST.

    The donor should then contact BBBST and advise us of the gift of securities, providing us with their contact information, stock name, and the number of shares. The donor or broker should also contact us to determine the brokerage representing BBBST, the account number, DTC number and the broker’s contact information in order to transfer the stock.

    The donor may send the unendorsed securities directly to Marie Logan, CEO or Michael Blimes, Director of Philanthropy, via first-class mail, accompanied by a transmittal letter providing the donor’s name, address and purpose of the gift. Under separate cover and by first-class mail, the donor must then send a signed stock power for each security, along with a letter indicating the purpose of the gift. This must be consistent with the previously sent transmittal letter. The signature must be medallion guaranteed by a bank or broker, not notarized. Our Philanthropy staff will contact the appropriate financial administrative staff to confirm receipt and arrange for the same-day conveyance of the securities to BBBST.

  2. The donor may hand deliver the securities along with the stock power to Marie Logan, CEO or Michael Blimes, Director of Philanthropy. The BBBST Philanthropy staff will contact the brokerage to confirm receipt and arrange for the same-day conveyance of the securities to  the brokerage account for BBBST.

    Neither Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tucson’s name, nor the purpose of the gift should be stated on the security or on the stock power. BBBST requests that neither the donor, nor the donor’s agent send the securities to the issuer or the issuer’s transfer agent because needless delay and expense would result.

    To ensure everything is handled in a timely fashion, securities cannot be sold until BBBST and/or the brokerage staff verify who the donor is and confirm that the number of shares received is correct.

 

Year-End IRA Charitable Distributions

The law allowing tax-free direct charitable individual retirement account distributions is now permanent. This is an additional way to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tucson.

An individual age 70½ or older can make direct charitable gifts annually up to $100,000 from a Traditional or Roth IRA to Big BBBST and not have to report the IRA distributions as taxable income on their federal income tax return. There is no charitable deduction for the IRA distributions. However, not paying tax on otherwise taxable income is the equivalent of a charitable deduction. Tax-free distributions are for outright (direct) gifts only — not life-income gifts.

Distributions from employer-sponsored retirement plans, including Savings Incentive Match Plan for Employees IRAs and simplified employee pensions, aren’t qualified charitable distributions (QCD); nor are distributions from Keoghs, 403(b) plans, 401(k) plans, profit sharing and other plans. But there is a two-step solution for funds from a non-qualified pension plan to qualify: (1) Roll over a non-qualified pension plan into a qualified IRA. That’s generally tax free (make sure that’s so). (2) The qualified IRA then makes the distributions directly to the charity.

Alert! Gifts of cash and securities can most often be made at the last minute. But IRA administrators generally can’t or won’t make an eleventh-hour direct IRA distribution to the designated charity by the midnight Dec. 31st deadline.

 

Memorial/Celebratory Gifts

Donate in honor of a loved one. Please provide the name of your honoree and to let us know to whom and where to send a card acknowledging your gift.

 

Bequests and Other Estate Plans

Donors to BBBST and others who may not have given but believe in our mission may choose to include BBBST in their will or other estate plans.

Very often donors of modest gifts want to provide a lasting legacy for the youth of Tucson through BBBST. Leaving a little or a lot through bequests or other forms in your estate can make a big difference!

Your legacy can have an impact. A planned gift to BBBST ensures the continuation of our landmark mentoring programs. Consider including BBBST as a beneficiary of your charitable trust, bequest or endowment. For more information contact Michael Blimes at (520) 624-2447 ext. 105 or email michael@tucsonbigs.org.

More Ways to Give

Amazon Smile

Shop at Amazon Smile and a portion of your purchase (0.5%) is donated to BBBST! It’s easy: Login to your account and select BBBST under My Account and Change My Charity.

Fry’s Community Reward Program

Support BBBST just by shopping at Fry's! It's easy when you enroll in Fry's Community Rewards! Once enrolled, select BBBST (NPO #53383) and each time you shop you will earn rewards for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tucson, while still receiving Fry’s Rewards for yourself!

Corporate Matching Gifts

Matching gift programs often vary by employer, both in eligibility and in the maximum amount of the gift they will match. Some companies will match donations by employees, retirees, board directors and/or spouses. Does your employer, your spouse’s employer, or the employer from whom you or your spouse have retired have a matching gift program? Find out today and designate BBBST, or contact us and we will inquire on your behalf.

United Way – Corporate Giving

Are you a federal or state employee? Through the Combined Federal Campaign (#67794) and the Employee Combined Appeal Program (#9728), you can easily designate your donation to BBBST. Use the ID numbers provided in completing the necessary paperwork to designate BBBST.

Clothing Donations

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tucson Donation Center accepts and sells gently used clothing and dedicates the proceeds to support the mission and programs of BBBST.  Visit the Donation Center online and arrange for a pickup, or drop by one of the Donation Centers across Tucson.

Donor Privacy

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tucson will not sell, rent or lease donor information to other organizations. BBBST may use donor information in the following ways:

  • Help donors complete transactions
  • Thank donors for their gifts
  • Update donors about organizational activity
  • Recognize donors
  • Distribute gift receipts or statements
  • Inform donors about upcoming events and fundraisers
  • Analyze internal productivity and effectiveness
  • Report to relevant federal and state agencies
  • Contact donors about changes to this statement

As part of our donor recognition efforts, BBBST typically does not publicly recognize individual donors by name, but may do so for businesses, philanthropic foundations, other organizations and government entities.

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